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Pet-Friendly Policy: Please sign the Battersea Pledge

Many people are suffering needlessly when forced to choose between finding rental housing and keeping their companion animal. SCAS has supported its partner, Battersea, by signing their pledge to help show that renters want and deserve to experience the joys of pet ownership.

We encourage all SCAS members to also sign this pledge as individuals – you can do so here:

Free SCAS Conference Places

Each year, the Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS) gives away a limited number of free conference places to delegates from developing countries who are interested in the relationship between humans and companion animals, and how they can protect and nurture this bond. This year, we are looking to give away five free places to those who are interested in pets in housing issues that would otherwise be unable to attend for financial reasons, but believe that attendance at the conference could provide the knowledge and understanding to support the cause in their home country.

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2022 SCAS Conference – Pet Friendly Housing: How can we keep people and pets together?

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The Annual Conference is a highlight of the SCAS year and we hope you can join us for this exciting (online) event on 18th September 2022! This year’s SCAS Conference, ‘Pet Friendly Housing: How can we keep people and pets together?’, will focus on the challenges of pet restrictive housing and potential solutions. It’s a great opportunity for like-minded people to come together to hear the latest science and practice on a topic that’s important to the relationship between people and pets, supporting the bond to ensure people and pets stay together. International speakers at the forefront of research, policy, and education will help us learn about the latest advances in science as well as encouraging collaboration between researchers, healthcare professionals, and housing stakeholders who play key roles in improving access to pet-friendly accommodation.

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A rabbit is for life, not just for Easter

With Easter fast approaching, springtime traditions such as egg hunts and Easter bonnets are in full swing. Alongside this there is of course the ‘Easter Bunny’.

With rabbits being one of the most popular pets in the UK, Easter can often be a time of year where rabbit sales soar. However, many people who purchase rabbits do so on impulse and are unaware of their complex needs which can result in immense suffering and surrender to rescue. This is reflected in statistics from the RSPCA who reported a 28% increase from the previous year of rabbits being taken into their care during 2021.

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International Stress Awareness Week: Can animals prevent stress in university students?

This International Stress Awareness Week we take a look at some of the studies that have taken place with university students to look at the potential stress relieving effects of animal-assisted interventions on this group of people. Research in this area is vital to ensure the wellbeing of both students and animals. #InternationalStressAwarenessWeek #StressAwarenessWeek

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